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Spivery's SWAC's best over past five seasons

BATON ROUGE, La. -- As coach of Alabama State, Rob Spivery
helped knocked Southern out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference
tournament the last two years in a row.

That won't happen next season.

Southern named Spivery the new coach of the Jaguars on Thursday
afternoon, essentially confirming what Spivery's former Alabama
State players leaked a day earlier.

Spivery will replace Michael Grant, who was fired two weeks ago
after interviewing for another job. Southern officials said they
fired Grant not because of his losing record, but because of
comments he made about recruiting to officials at his prospective
new school.

Spivery's formal appointment is pending approval by the Southern
University Board of Supervisors.

Spivery coached at ASU for nine seasons, compiling a 129-136
record. His head coaching career spans 20 years with an overall
record of 304-281.

His career included time as an assistant for Nolan Richardson at
Tulsa.

"He was the only candidate on my list," added Chancellor
Edward Jackson. "We started the process ... and he immediately
told me that he couldn't talk with me, that I must first speak with
the president of the school, before we could have any contact. I
liked that about him, he handled his business appropriately."

Southern has been a losing program for half a decade, but that
didn't dampen Spivery's enthusiasm for the job.

"The chance to take a program, and try to rebuild it back to
prominence is a challenge that I wanted to undertake," Spivery
said.

Spivery is slated to become the fourth coach in the last six
seasons for Southern.

Spivery's teams have gone 11-2 against Southern in the last five
seasons.

The Hornets knocked Southern out of the Southwestern Athletic
Conference Tournament in the semifinals last season, in the 2004
quarterfinals and in the 2001 semifinals.

At Alabama State, Spivery led the Hornets to the SWAC Tournament title in 2004 and won both the regular-season and tournament titles in 2001.

Last season, the Hornets went 15-15, losing in the SWAC
Tournament final.